February 2012

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Lawrence Arabia – Toy Orchestra

Here’s a 2010′s chamber toy pop music (appeared on the B-side of the Apple Pie Bed 7″) from New Zealand’s James Milne a.k.a. Lawrence Arabia, whose third album is almost complete, the follow-up to 2009′s “Chant Darling” album (Mistletone/Honorary Bedouin, Bella Union). His forthcoming new album was recorded with Elroy Finn — a son of Neil Finn (Split Enz and Crowded House), a younger brother of Liam, Connan Mockasin a.k.a. Connan Hosford, engineered by Joe Gubay and Nick Abbott.

taken from 2011′s collaborative album “Unlimited Buffet” by Fabulous/Arabia — Mike Fabulous (Lord Echo/The Black Seeds) and Jame Milne (Lawrence Arabia/The Reduction Agents).

photograph: Ellen Rogers (via)

Kindness – Cyan
taken from 2011′s “Cyan” 12″ via Chris Taylor’s Terrible Records (US), Female Energy/Polydor (UK)

Kindness – Swinging Party (The Replacements cover)
taken from 2009′s debut single (b/w Gee Up) via Moshi Moshi (Sold Out)

Kindness, a one-man disco-funk project comprised of Adam Bainbridge who divides his time between London, England, and Berlin, Germany, will release his debut full-length “World, You Need A Change Of Mind,” it was recorded and mixed with Phoenix producer Phillipe Zdar at his studio in Paris. He cites influences that include American disco icons Arthur Russell, Larry Levan, and Leroy Burgess.

“World, You Need a Change of Mind” is due out on March 19th via Polydor-imprint Female Energy (UK) / on March 23rd via Modular (AUS), on May 8th via Casablanca/Terrible.
Pre-order through iTunes, HERE.

Track List: 01 SEOD / 02 Swingin Party / 03 Anyone Can Fall In Love / 04 Gee Wiz / 05 Gee Up / 06 House / 07 That’s Alright / 08 Cyan / 09 Bombastic / 10 Doigsong

Kindness – Gee Up (Directed by Jack Jam City)

Michael Dumontier and Neil Farber

Constructive Abandonment,
published by Drawn & Quarterly

Online exclusive interview
on The Believer magazine, HERE.

Hear Hums – Am I

Hear Hums – Critters Canopy

Hear Hums is a Gainesville, Florida-based free experimental sound project consisting of Mitch Myers and Kenzie Cooke. They’ve just released their third album “Open,” now available on Hear Hums’ bandcamp.

“Opens” (Akashic Records, 2012)


Lint, the new strip cartoon opera project from composer Walter Hus is the ideal way to get to know the greatest cartoon genius of the last twenty years, Chris Ware. The book of the same name sketches the complete life story of a Jordan Wellington Lint (Acme Novelty Library Volume 20), who is remarkable for his wrong choices and missed opportunities. It was the leitmotivs, counterpoints and other musical elements in this ingeniously constructed cartoon that caught the attention of Walter Hus. Together with Angélique Willkie and Spectra Ensemble, he converts this fabulous work into a real cartoon concert.

Walter Hus is artist in residence at Namahn.
(via KVS, Brussels, Belgium)

LINT: the legendary strip ‘lint’ by Chris Ware with music of Walter Hus
2 & 3 March – 20:30 – KVS_Box, Brussel

Mascara Snake – Family Portrait in a Landscape
taken from “Portraits and Scenes” cassette (Avant Archive, 2011)

Mascara Snake – Quiet and wise
taken from “Lonely as a Cloud” cassette (Zeon Light, 2012)

French artist Pacôme Genty has a way with scenes, and an album full of them, all painted in guitar loop and sprawling oddity, available on tape via Avant Archive and at bandcamp (alongside a handful of other releases). Not to be confused with the sometimes Captain Beefheart clarinetist of the same name, this particular Mascara Snake is the solo guitar, sample and synth arrangements of Paris.

Chicago’s Joan of Arc have written and recorded a complete soundtrack for the 80 minute classic French silent film “The Passion of Joan of Arc” (directed by Carl Theodor Dreyer, 1928). Recorded live on opening night of the 2011 Chicago International Movies and Music Festival, the new album “Joan of Arc Presents: Joan of Arc” is slated for release on April 10 2012. In this latest unexpected turn for the band, Joan of Arc have composed a dark, flowering sonic counterpart to the film’s grim subject matter (which is a rather haunting depiction of savage religious persecution).

Released on vinyl and digital only, via Joyful Noise Recordings.

Scenes from “The Passion of Joan of Arc / 裁かるるジャンヌ・ダルク” appeared in Jean-Luc Godard’s “Vivre sa Vie / 女と男のいる舗道” (1962)

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